Westerly town manager quits, citing years-long dispute over quarry as interference with job


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WESTERLY, Rhode Island — Westerly's town manager has resigned, citing a continuing dispute over a quarry that's drawn opposition for years from residents.

The Westerly Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1yfQc9A ) that Michelle Buck quit Wednesday, saying the matter related to the Copar quarry interfered with her and the Town Council's work.

Buck, who is a lawyer, met last week in a closed-door session with the council to respond to accusations by lawyers of unethical conduct, dishonesty and participation in a cover-up related to the quarry case. She has been forced to defend her actions in the case following criticism of the quarry and the town's response.

Copar, now known as Armetta LLC., has drawn complaints for three years from neighbors about stone dust and health concerns.

The case has generated numerous studies and lawsuits.

Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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